Even an accomplished actress like Drew Barrymore has some box office blunders she’d rather forget.
During Monday night’s round of “Plead the Fifth” on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live, the Golden Globe winner told the late-night show host which movie in her filmography she wasn’t too keen about.
“Tell me one film you’ve done that you can now say at this late date that you were just not that into,” Cohen asked while giving a subtle nod to the 40-year-old mother’s 2009 film.
With slight hesitation, Barrymore offered a diplomatic answer. “Well, I wish that film Bad Girls was more bad. I was like, ‘Lets be like dudes, but like women, but like dudes,” she said of the poorly-received 1994 film she starred in with Andie MacDowell and Dermot Mulroney.
A good sport, Barrymore continued to answer Cohen’s juicy questions without objection.
“Christian Bale said in an interview that the two of you went on a date as teens and you never called him back. He never heard from you again,” Cohen posed to Barrymore. “Why did you never call him back?”
“I don’t know! He was so nice,” she replied. “I wasn’t like super boy crazy. I had a lot of fish to fry, like I had big problems in my like world for many years like in good ways—things you gotta overcome…boys is like very secondary.”
As for another Hollywood star that became her right-hand man for just one year of her life, her ex-husband Tom Green, she explained to Cohen her outlook on their short-lived relationship from 2001.
“Tom Green I think is a very unique human being we all know that as he dangles mice in his mouth,” she said of the eccentric comedian who hosted several late-night talk shows on MTV in the early 2000s.
“I think that he did something before anyone else did. I think that he was a real pioneer. There was no social media. There was no reality TV and I have to say I gave him a loit of credit as a creative person onlooking that he was a first and I do appreciate that about him,” she said.
A round of applause to the makeup mogul for making it through the entire round without ever pleading the fifth. We appreciate your honesty, Drew.
Drew Barrymore’s wild child days are long gone, but being a mom is way more fun anyway!
“I just love having a family,” the 40-year-old mother of two told E! News exclusively at the launch of her curated holiday collection for Shutterfly. “I love my kids—I feel so blessed. I feel like I’ve never been better as a person [than I am] through my family.”
Drew and husband Will Kopelman are the proud parents of two little girls: Olive, 3, and Frankie, 19 months. The actress, entrepreneur and DIY mama realizes she’s lucky to have a fantastic extended family, too, telling E! News, “I love my in-laws. It’s like I’m defying the clichés because we’re all so close.”
That’s not to say, though, that life is always picture-perfect for this settled-down gal. Drew recently opened up about her struggle with postpartum depression. “I wasn’t really trying to sort of over-open myself up to anything, but I was just being honest about what my own little journey was,” she told E! News exclusively. “The outpour[ing] of women coming up to me and relating was really extraordinary.”
Motherhood “is en emotional roller coaster,” Drew explained. “You just care so much about how to be the best mom, the perfect mom—even though there’s no such thing as perfection, you expect that of yourself.”
Of course, any hardships that come with being a parent are well worth it for Drew. “Being a mom is everything in the world,” she said. “I feel like I was born the day my kids were, and everything in life was like an experiment to learn to apply to them.”
Drew opens up a lot more about the highs and lows of motherhood, marriage and what she’s getting Olive and Frankie for the holidays in the video above.
Yesterday Drew attended a signing for her new book Wallflower at the Barnes & Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles and thanks to Ali we have pics from the event in our gallery!
The Daily Mail gives us a clip of Drew’s appearance on This Morning from Monday!
Drew Barrymore talked about her troublesome childhood in an interview with This Morning on Monday.
The 40-year-old was on the show to promote her memoirs, Wildflower, and told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that she burned out at a young age.
She said: ‘I had a mid-life crisis at 25. I write about it in a chapter, called Outward Bound, which was fitting when you start work at 11 months old.
‘At 14, I got emancipated. I walked out of the courts an adult.
‘I had to go and find my first apartment and that chapter was so fun for me to write because I didn’t know you had to throw take-out cartons in the trash.’
She added: ‘Laundry saved my life. I didn’t understand it. I poured the bleach directly on the jeans and they looked like disintegrated dalmatians.
‘I was like, am I going to crumble and wear disintegrated jeans or figure this out. I’m a master of laundry.’
Drew had a troubled past and famously had her first drink at nine years of age, began smoking pot at 10, and took cocaine at 12, but she says becoming a mother has brought her contentment.
Married to Will Kopelman, 38, they are parents to Olive, three and Frankie, one.
‘I put pressure on myself with everything,’ she said. ‘But the stakes are higher when it comes to children.
‘I have two girls, which is an amazing thing. I have to raise great women.’
Phillip said: ‘Now it seems as though you have everything together.’
But Drew, who looked lovely in a brown kaftan dress and statement necklace, giggled and said: ‘If I have fooled you to think that, then I have done something so right. It’s such a compliment.
‘As a mother, you always wonder how you can do things better. You just want to do everything perfectly for your kids.
‘I couldn’t be happier or more grateful for where my life is at. It’s like a cartoon behind the scenes, of how to keep it all in place.’
Refinery 29 did this great article talking about Drew’s new film Miss You Already!
Toni Collette really wanted Drew Barrymore to be her best friend — in a movie, that is. And she got her wish: In Miss You Already, out November 6, the two play longtime pals. Milly (Collette) is undergoing cancer treatment when Jess (Barrymore) learns she is pregnant.
Collette wrote to Barrymore “begging” her to be in the film. Why Barrymore? “She’s the ultimate girls’ girl,” Collette explains during a recent interview in New York, as her co-star sits beside her. “She’s so vocal about all things female. She’s strong and grounded and emanates an amazing warmth. And if you’re thinking about, oh, who would I like to play my best friend? It’s kind of a no-brainer.”
Collette’s powers of persuasion worked. “I picked up the family and moved over to London and I showed up and just said, ‘I am here. I want to be with you, I want to support you, I want to be your backbone, I want to challenge you, push you when you need it,'” says Barrymore, who is an editor-at-large for Refinery29. “I think we showed up with a lot of conviction to really have each others’ backs. We just started laughing and had a blast from there on out.”
Despite the trauma inherent in the film’s premise, Milly and Jess’ relationship is defined by the fun they have had together over the years. In one climatic moment, they flee an uncomfortable party in a taxi cab and head for the moors made famous by Wuthering Heights, a book they’ve adored since childhood. Barrymore and Collette just did a lot of “eating and drinking” for off-set bonding. “Which in itself can be wild,” Collette adds.
But wait, you’re thinking, won’t this movie about cancer and female friendship make me weep uncontrollably? Chances are it probably will. New York magazine declared that the movie was “built to make women cry,” comparing it to Beaches and Steel Magnolias.
When we mention the likelihood of sobbing, Collette asks, “But didn’t this movie make you laugh as well? People are forgetting to mention that. It makes you feel many things. It’s not just sadness. It’s ultimately very uplifting and such a celebration of life, and the strength of the love that these two women have for each other is such a positive thing. So I’d hate for the film to just be known as a weepy chick flick because it’s so much more than that.”
Go ahead and grab a hanky now — and hang onto it!
If 1988’s “Beaches” brought a tear to your eye, get ready for a new female friendship flick that’s sure to get the waterworks going again.
Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette stopped by TODAY Wednesday to talk about their film “Miss You Already,” which focuses on their on-screen BFF bond and how a serious illness for one impacts them both.
“Hold on one second,” Drew Barrymore says for the first of several times.
You hold, and listen to a small voice whimpering in the background, then to Barrymore – her voice so familiar, from as far back as 1982’s “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” to as recently as a “Today” show appearance last month – singing.
“Baby, you,” she sings to her 18-month-old daughter, Frankie. “I got what you need.”
“OK,” Barrymore says, after everything and everyone has seemingly settled down.
It’s a theme now for Barrymore, after a life seemingly lived on impulse. Partying as a child, rehab at an early age, posing for Playboy, two marriages that each lasted about a year. She even flashed David Letterman on national TV.
Now, at 40, Barrymore is married to art consultant Will Kopelman and is the mother of two daughters, Olive, 3, and Frankie, 18 months.
Last month, she released “Wildflower,” a collection of autobiographical essays. Barrymore started to write after she scaled back her acting and work with her production company, Flower Films, to spend time with her daughters.
Work was “a bad man trying to take me away from my kids,” she told me. But writing, well, she could do that anytime_and the time felt right.
“It felt like a good midpoint, if I may be so lucky,” Barrymore said of writing the book. “I am definitely feeling the most grown-up that I have ever felt, incredibly content with my kids.
“It doesn’t mean that I am perfectly calm and knowledgeable,” she added. “I still feel birdbrained, trying to figure things out. But that quest to find things was gone.”
She landed on the idea of writing little stories; a fun format that she could manage in just two or three hours a day.
“I could think of a story, really focus on it, paint a picture of it,” she said. “I always wanted to write, and so I think that was the first big intention. To write in an unchronological, shuffled deck of cards. I didn’t want to write a memoir. I wanted it to be emotional.”
The stories are heartfelt and funny, written simply and honestly. There are no big revelations that aren’t already known: Her single mother, Jaid, raised her Bohemian-style in West Hollywood, where Jaid studied under acting icon Lee Strasberg, and brought her daughter to class. Over time, Strasberg’s wife, Anna, became Barrymore’s godmother.
Jaid also took her daughter on auditions, and at 6 she was cast by Steven Spielberg in “E.T.” The director is her godfather_and acts the part. In an essay titled “The Blue Angel,” Barrymore writes that when she posed for Playboy, Spielberg sent her a copy of the magazine doctored to look like she was wearing ’50s-style dresses, along with a quilt and a note that read “Cover up.”
And when Barrymore had her first daughter, Spielberg’s wife, Kate Capshaw, sent her a pink leather journal, with a note encouraging her to write every day. She does.
Barrymore’s father, John, was a barefoot mess who drifted in and out of her life before she finally found herself sitting beside his deathbed. Her mother isn’t part of her life, but Barrymore supports her, just as she did when she was a child.
She didn’t hesitate to share anything about her background, or her family.
“If anything, there are probably worse messages out there about them,” she said. “I thought this was more intimate and flattering and nice.”
She didn’t write anything about ex-boyfriends “or too much about my past,” she said. “This was the in-between moments and silly moments and surprising moments and those that influenced me more than I realized at the time.”
If anything, she said, she is more private than ever.
“I feel very old-fashioned about the way we put ourselves out there, and that goes for everyone,” she said, fretting about the effect social media will have on young people.
“I am raising two daughters, and it is a very tricky time. And so I thought, ‘Oh, my God, this book is going to be archaic and old-fashioned,’ and I was nervous about talking to the media.
“But I think it’s a nice respite from that kinetic energy. I was writing a love letter to my children.”
Earlier that day, she had gotten away to a kickboxing class, “and I got completely beat up by the instructor and it was super fun. Me and other middle-aged women with instructors asking them to play this part because it gets the job done.”
She is excited to do a book tour, something different from the usual movie junkets. Real people, real questions.
“I am going to do a reading at each one,” she said. “A little piece of the book, and they can hear my voice and the tone and everything.”
She isn’t sure who will come out to see and hear her, however.
“It will probably be a couple of weirdos and a folding table,” she laughed. “And me there with a Sharpie.”
US Today shares this video interview where Drew talks about how it is about balancing her family life and being a mom.